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  1. Laur, Celia PhD(c)
  2. Keller, Heather PhD, RD, FDC


Many older adults are malnourished and frail; identifying those at risk, specifically in primary care, is a priority. Nutrition screening in physicians' offices, medical clinics, or healthcare centers is one way to identify those at risk who could benefit from treatment. Using the World Health Organization strategies, by Wilson and Junglier (1968) in "Principles and Practice of Screening for Disease," this article presents the case for why nutrition screening in primary care is a needed change in practice. Specifically, it is recommended that prefrail and/or frail older adults be targeted for nutrition screening to optimize identification and benefits of treatment from referred programs. Evidence exists that this approach is not only necessary but also feasible and practicable.